Karen Buck MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Young People responding to the Barnardo’s Report on the 16-19 Bursary Fund said:
“This report highlights the lack of support for young people that want to stay on in education until 18 or 19. While Labour raised the leaving age, the Tory-led Government abolished the Educational Maintenance Allowance. Their replacement is a 60 per cent cut on what was available. While colleges are working hard to address the funding gap, half of them have seen a drop in the number of students applying for courses.
“The Barnardo’s report contains many stories of young people struggling to make ends meet who are being discouraged from taking up education opportunities. The analysis shows this is down to lack of funding and the fact the Government are failing to target those who need support most. The Government is kicking away the ladders of opportunity for the next generation.”